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2010 MotoGP Engine Life Stats

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Andrea Dovizioso qualified in third position for Sundays MotoGP race.
There's little surprise at who's sitting in the best position when it comes to MotoGP engine life at the halfway point of the season: Honda.
One of the more interesting rules to go into affect this season was the six-engine rule for the MotoGP class. Everyone has been watching the outcome very closely, and at the halfway-point of the first year, Honda is without question looking the best. As for the rest, there is some reason for concern in the Ducati and Yamaha pits, while Suzuki is hurting so badly they have asked for a special allocation of three additional engines to be voted on by the GP Commission this weekend.

Put in place to aid in shaving costs due to the world’s current economic climate, the new MotoGP engine-life rule went into effect at the beginning of this year. It states that each team gets six new engines per rider to last the entire season. For any engine needed over their allotment they are to be assessed a penalty of having to start the following race from pit-line, 10 seconds after the green flag is dropped. A new engine becomes part of the team's allocation the second it leaves the pit lane, at which time it is determined to be sealed, the team only being able to change the engine's oil from that point forward - nothing else.
Loris Capirossi  #65  and Alvaro Bautista were both less than a second off Lorenzos pace in qualifying and took seventh and ninth  respectively.
There's even less surprise to see who's sitting in the toughest position when it comes to MotoGP engine life at this point in the season: Suzuki.

In an ideal world teams want to wait as long as possible to have an engine sealed, as that means any future development to that engine is stopped. Also, teams want to try and have a buffer in case an engine is damaged in a fall, which has been the case of three of Alvaro Bautista’s Suzuki engines, who currently sits in the worst position of any rider with only one new engine and two used ones remaining . His teammate, Loris Capirossi, isn’t doing too much better though, as he has two new engines and two used engines left, having scrapped his two others.

Ducati’s Casey Stoner is in the toughest position of any of the Italian-mounted riders, with two engines being scrapped, leaving two new and two used units for nine races. His teammate, Nicky Hayden, only has two new engines remaining as well, though he has only one scrapped powerplant, so he still has three used engines available for use. Hector Barbera has scrapped a single unit and has three new and two used engines remaining, while both of the Pramac Ducati boys, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro, have all six of their motors left -- three new and three used each.
Fiat Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time in practice at Catalunya and is happy with his overall performace so far.
He may be currently leading the championship, but if Lorenzo goes over the allotted six engines and has to start from pit-lane it could make things very interesting.

On the Yamaha side of things, Jorge Lorenzo and Colin Edwards are in the tightest spot, both having scrapped an engine, leaving them each with three used and two new ones remaining. Ben Spies hasn’t scrapped any of his Tech 3 Yamaha motors yet, but he only has two new ones remaining. Valentino Rossi is in the best position, no doubt aided by his absence due to injury, with three new and three used engines at his disposal as the second half of the season begins.

But as it currently stands Honda is looking the best, with only a single engine from their six different riders having been scrapped -- Hiroshi Aoyama lost one, though has two new and three used motors remaining. Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Randy de Puniet and Marco Simoncelli all have three new and three used engines left, while Marco Melandri has two new and four used engines to last the final nine races.

MotoGP Engine Breakdown (Round 9) --
Dani Pedrosa:         Sealed Engines (3); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (3 used, 3 new)
Andrea Dovizioso:   Sealed Engines (3); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (3 used, 3 new)
Randy de Puniet:     Sealed Engines (3); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (3 used, 3 new)
Marco Simoncelli:   Sealed Engines (3); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (3 used, 3 new)
Marco Melandri:       Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (4 used, 2 new)
Hiroshi Aoyama:     Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (1);  Remaining Engines (3 used, 2 new)

Jorge Lorenzo:      Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (1); Remaining Engines (3 used, 2 new)
Valentino Rossi:   Sealed Engines (3); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (3 used, 3 new)
Ben Spies:             Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (4 used, 2 new)
Colin Edwards:     Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (1); Remaining Engines (3 used, 2 new)

Casey Stoner:       Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (2); Remaining Engines (2 used, 2 new)
Nicky Hayden:       Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (1); Remaining Engines (3 used, 2 new)
Mika Kallio:            Sealed Engines (3); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (3 used, 3 new)
Aleix Espargaro:   Sealed Engines (3); Scrapped Engines (0); Remaining Engines (3 used, 3 new)
Hector Barbera:    Sealed Engines (2); Scrapped Engines (1); Remaining Engines (2 used, 3 new)

Alvaro Bautista:     Sealed Engines (5); Scrapped Engines (3); Remaining Engines (2 used, 1 new)
Loris Capirossi:    Sealed Engines (4); Scrapped Engines (2); Remaining Engines (2 used, 2 new)
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MexMex -Well done Honda.  August 11, 2010 10:39 AM
You might won the "most reliable engine" competition, but for many years now you are loosing Moto GP.
kevin -no repairs?  August 10, 2010 10:47 PM
Not being able to repair an engine is absurd.
c -I like it.  August 10, 2010 05:23 PM
It's imperative that fim directs motogp development for real world benefit. Engine durability is a real world concern and any trickle down tech is very welcome. The long term effects of directing development with rules keeps the technology relevant and manufacturers and race fans interested. Further, I don't see the race teams suffocating as much as people exaggerate. Clearly Suzuki is the exception but the engine rule can't be all to blame their running an embarrassing campaign on their own. All the teams still have engines left with many races already ran. Lastly all teams have the opportunity to advance the durability of their still unsealed engines. Rules aren't the most exciting part of racing but they are part of the game and we need em.
Bob -Oh...let's not forget the fuel too  August 10, 2010 08:38 AM
Races are now being won because of the fuel limitations. Once fuel gets low, the computer gives commands to the FI system so the bike makes less power and starts dialing out the traction control in order to try and get the rider across the finish line. Corner speeds decrease because traction control is no longer available, top speeds on the straights decrease and riders get passed by riders who have more fuel available.

This is supposed to be a "race" of who can make it across the finish line the quickest, not a California EPA/CARB style endurance contest.
Bryan -Well done Honda  August 10, 2010 08:34 AM
I'm not convinced that this rule makes sense; MotoGP already has too small of a grid without penalizing teams that are already in the back of the pack. I am impressed by Honda's results so far. Fielding the most bikes and having only 1 scrapped engine is good. It's even better when you consider that the Honda has been the most powerful bike this year. Can't wait to see what Stoner will be able to do with it next year!
Bob -Engine Rule sucks and FIM is a joke  August 10, 2010 08:29 AM
In prototype racing, it should be up to the manufacturer, not the race organization, on how much money to spend. They're stiffling the prototype development. Christ...they can't even have electronic steering dampers (which you can get on a floor model Honda) or electronic suspension which many other manufacturer's have off the floor too. And variable valve timing which Kawasaki has off the floor. Seems to me the consumer based WSBK bikes will be more technologically advanced in the next couple years because these technologies will be allowed since it's on consumer bikes.

It's also lame how they don't let teams repair their engines. Really stupid to scrap an engine because of a busted clutch cover in a crash. Can't even shim their own valves. Where is that cost savings? Better to replace a $200 billet cover and throw in some $20 shim kits than lease a whole new engine for 1/4 million dollars. Which may then put you over the allocation and make for very bad racing because a racer is starting 10 seconds behind from pit row. None of this is good for the future of GP racing. I could save a lot of money by working on my own engine, replacing bearings, replacing gaskets, lapping valves seats, replacing valve springs and shims, replacing clutch plates, replacing chain tensioner guides...

I've always watched motGP because of the high tech bikes moreso than the riders. I have less and less of a reason to continue watching as the years go by. I haven't bought a ticket to a GP since 2006 and I do not subscribe to motoGP.com either. This is money they could be receiving if they didn't make such stupid decisions.
Superbikemike -hmmmmmm.......................  August 10, 2010 04:45 AM
not sure of the politics involved here, but there must have been a contract involved in suzuki still racing gp's, but suzuki is not funding developement of there (satellite) wsb, or ama effort..... imo suzuki needs to learn from kawasaki, and drop the gp effort which is futile to date.... and start back with the superbike program.... prototype racing in gp's imo is lame and not very productive to there product lineup being sold @ there dealers...just my two cents